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The Power of Awareness 

Copyright © 1952 by Neville 

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1. I AM 




























25. FAITH 



















FORTY YEARS ago Neville added notes in his own 
hand to his personal copy of the newly pub- 
lished Power of Awareness. In conveying this copy 
to DeVorss & Company for the purpose of a new 
printing, Neville's daughter, Victoria Goddard, has 
both authenticated the handwriting as her father's 
and authorized the publication of a new edition 
incorporating his notes. 

Of these additions there are no fewer than 
twenty, ranging in length from several lines to the 
substitution of a single word for another. This 
latter, however, brief as it is, confers a signifi- 
cant change on the meaning of the text. Indeed, 
Neville's notes everywhere clarify his meaning and 
in places convey important insights and guidance 
— so much so that in his very next work. Awakened 
Imagination, he would incorporate some of them. 
Thumbing through Neville's copy of this book, 
I came upon a snapshot of him in Army uniform. 

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inserted as a bookmark. It was dated 1943 and, on 
the back, it bore his own inscription to the effect 
that this was the soldier mentioned in Case History 
1 (p. 89). And Vicki Goddard has confirmed my 
surmise that Case History 2 (p. 92) is also auto- 
biographical, although more loosely so. Notice that 
Neville's family name, Goddard, is here given as 

Such are the pleasures of playing literary detec- 
tive, although it has to be conceded that they are 
greatly enhanced by having the author's own work- 
ing copy of his book to hand. Certainly he is very 
much alive in his printed work, but curiously more 
so in the handwritten additions one encounters with 
excitement here and there. The reader will find 
these printed in the body of the text, surrounded by 
brackets, since in every case it was clear precisely 
where they fell. 

It is with the thought that Neville's briUiant 
metaphysics might be, for its students, more vital 
still that DeVorss & Company has brought out this 
unique edition of The Power of Awareness. A word 
of appreciation and gratitude is due to Vicki God- 
dard for her generous assistance. 





Arthur Vergara 

Leave the mirror and change your face. 
Leave the world alone and change 
your conceptions of yourself. 


Chapter One 

All things when they are admitted are 
made manifest by the light: for everything 
that is made manifest is light. 

Eph. 5:13 

THE "light" is consciousness. Consciousness is 
one, manifesting in legions of forms or levels 
of consciousness. There is no one that is not all that 
is, for consciousness, though expressed in an 
infinite series of levels, is not divisional. There is no 
real separation or gap in consciousness. I AM can- 
not be divided. I may conceive myself to be a rich 
man, a poor man, a beggar man or a thief, but the 
center of my being remains the same regardless 
of the concept I hold of myself. At the center of 
manifestation there is only one I AM manifesting 
in legions of forms or concepts of itself and "I am 
that I am." 

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I AM is the self-definition of the absolute, the 
foundation on which everything rests. I AM is 
the first cause-substance. I AM is the self-definition 
of God. 

I AM hath sent me unto you. 


Be still and know that I AM God. 

I AM is a feeling of permanent awareness. The 
very center of consciousness is the feeling of I AM 
I may forget who I am, where I am, what I am 
but I cannot forget that I AM. The awareness of 
being remains, regardless of the degree of forget- 
fulness of who, where, and what I am. 

I AM is that which, amid unnumbered forms is 
ever the same. This great discovery of cause reveals 
that, good or bad, man is actually the arbiter of his 
own fate, and that it is his concept of himself that 
determmes the world in which he lives [and his con- 
cept of himself is his reactions to life]* In other 
words. If you are experiencing ill health, know- 
ing the truth about cause, you cannot attribute 

Bracketed material is explained in the publisher' 

P- x.--Ed. 

s note. 

/ Am 

the illness to anything other than to the particular 
arrangement of the basic cause-substance, an ar- 
rangement which [was produced by your reactions 
to life, and] is defined by your concept "I am 
unwell." This is why you are told "Let the weak 
man say, 'I am strong' " (Joel 3:10), for by his 
assumption, the cause-substance — I AM — is rear- 
ranged and must, therefore, manifest that which its 
rearrangement affirms. This principle governs 
every aspect of your life, be it social, financial, 
intellectual, or spiritual. 

I AM is that reality to which, whatever happens, 
we must turn for an explanation of the phenomena 
of life. It is I AM's concept of itself that determines 
the form and scenery of its existence. Everything 
depends upon its attitude towards itself; that which 
it will not affirm as true of itself cannot awaken in 
its world. That is, your concept of yourself, such as 
"I am strong," "I am secure," "I am loved," deter- 
mines the world in which you live. In other words, 
when you say, "I am a man, I am a father, I am an 
American," you are not defining different I AMs; 
you are defining different concepts or arrange- 
ments of the one cause-substance — the one I AM. 
Even in the phenomena of nature, if the tree were 
articulate it would say, "I am a tree, an apple tree, 
a fruitful tree." 

When you know that consciousness is the one 

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and only reality-conceiving itself to be something 
good, bad, or indifferent, and becoming that which 
It conceived itself to be -you are free from the 
tyranny of second causes, free from the belief that 
there are causes outside of your own mind that can 
affect your life. 

In the state of consciousness of the individual is 
tound the explanation of the phenomena of life If 
man s concept of himself were different, everything 
m his world would be different. His concept of him 
self bemg what it is, everything in his world must 
be as It IS. 

T I^r ''}' ^^^^d^^^ly ^lear that there is only one 
1 AM and you are that I AM. And while / AM is 
infinite, you. by your concept of yourself, are dis- 
playmg only a limited aspect of the infinite I AM. 

Build thee more stately man- 
sions, O my soul. 
As the swift seasons roll! 
Leave thy low-vaulted past! 
Let each new temple, nobler 

than the last. 
Shut thee from heaven with a 

dome more vast 
Till thou at length art free, 
Leaving thine outgrown shell by 
life's unresting sea! 

Chapter Two 


IT IS only by a change of consciousness, by actu- 
ally changing your concept of yourself, that 
you can "build more stately mansions" — the mani- 
festations of higher and higher concepts. (By 
manifesting is meant experiencing the results of 
these concepts in your world.) It is of vital impor- 
tance to understand clearly just what conscious- 
ness is. 

The reason lies in the fact that consciousness is 
the one and only reality, it is the first and only 
cause -sub stance of the phenomena of life. Nothing 
has existence for man save through the conscious- 
ness he has of it. Therefore, it is to consciousness 
you must turn, for it is the only foundation on 
which the phenomena of life can be explained. 

If we accept the idea of a first cause, it would fol- 
low that the evolution of that cause could never 
result in anything foreign to itself. That is, if the 
first cause-substance is light, all its evolutions. 

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fruits, and manifestations would remain light. The 
first cause-substance being consciousness, all its 
evolutions, fruits, and phenomena must remain 
consciousness. All that could be observed would 
be a higher or lower form or variation of the same 
thing. In other words, if your consciousness is the 
only reality, it must also be the only substance. 
Consequently, what appears to you as circum- 
stances, conditions, and even material objects are 
really only the products of your own consciousness. 
Nature, then, as a thing or a complex of things 
external to your mind, must be rejected. You and 
your environment cannot be regarded as existing 
separately. You and your world are one. 

Therefore, you must turn from the objective 
appearance of things to the subjective center of 
things, your consciousness, if you truly desire to 
know the cause of the phenomena of life, and how 
to use this knowledge to realize your fondest 
dreams. In the midst of the apparent contradic- 
tions, antagonisms, and contrasts of your life, there 
is only one principle at work, only your conscious- 
ness operating. Difference does not consist in vari- 
ety of substance, but in variety of arrangement of 
the same cause-substance, your consciousness. 

The world moves with motiveless necessity. By 
this is meant that it has no motive of its own, but 
is under the necessity of manifesting your concept. 

Consciousness ' 

the arrangement of your mind, and your mind is 
always arranged in the image of all you believe and 
consent to as true. The rich man, poor man, beg- 
gar man or thief are not different minds, but differ- 
ent arrangements of the same mind, in the same 
sense that a piece of steel when magnetized differs 
not in substance from its demagnetized state but 
in the arrangement and order of its molecules. A 
single electron revolving in a specified orbit consti- 
tutes the unit of magnetism. When a piece of steel 
or anything else is demagnetized, the revolving 
electrons have not stopped. Therefore, the mag- 
netism has not gone out of existence. There is only 
a rearrangement of the particles, so that they pro- 
duce no outside or perceptible effect. When par- 
ticles are arranged at random, mixed up in all 
directions, the substance is said to be demagne- 
tized- but when particles are marshalled in ranks so 
that a number of them face in one direction, the 
substance is a magnet. Magnetism is not generated; 
it is displayed. Health, wealth, beauty, and genius 
are not created; they are only manifested by the 
arrangement of your mind -that is, by your con- 
cept of yourself [and your concept of yourself is 
all that you accept and consent to as true. What 
you consent to can only be discovered by an uncrit- 
ical observation of your reactions to life. Your reac- 
tions reveal where you live psychologically; and 

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where you live psychologically, determines how 
you live here m the outer visible world]. The im- 
portance of this in your daily life should be immedi- 
ately apparent. 

The basic nature of the primal cause is con- 
sciousness. Therefore, the ultimate substance of all 
thmgs is consciousness. 

Chapter Three 

Man's chief delusion is his conviction that 
there are causes other than his own state 
of consciousness. All that befalls a man — all that 
is done by him — all that comes from him — hap- 
pens as a result of his state of consciousness. A 
man's consciousness is all that he thinks and desires 
and loves, all that he believes is true and consents 
to. That is why a change of consciousness is neces- 
sary before you can change your outer world. Rain 
falls as a result of a change in the temperature in 
the higher regions of the atmosphere, so, in like 
manner, a change of circumstance happens as a 
result of a change in your state of consciousness. 

Be ye transformed by the renewing of your 

To be transformed, the whole basis of your 
thoughts must change. But your thoughts cannot 


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change unless you have new ideas, for you think 
from your ideas. All transformation begins with an 
intense, burning desire to be transformed. The first 
step m the "renewing of the mind" is desire You 
must want to be different [and intend to be] before 
you can begin to change yourself. Then you must 
make your future dream a present fact. You do this 
by assuming the feeling of your wish fulfilled. By 
desirmg to be other than what you are, you can 
create an ideal of the person you want to be and 
assume that you are already that person. If this 
assumption is persisted in until it becomes your 
dommant feeling, the attainment of your ideal is 
mevuable. The ideal you hope to achieve is always 
ready for an mcarnation, but unless you yourself 
otter It human parentage, it is incapable of birth 
1 herefore, your attitude should be one in which - 
having desired to express a higher state -you alone 
accept the task of incarnating this new and greater 
value of yourself. ^ 

In giving birth to your ideal you must bear in 
mind that the methods of mental and spiritual 
knowledge are entirely different. This is a point 
that IS truly understood by probably not more than 
one person in a million. You know a thing mentally 
by looking at it from the outside, by comparing it 
with other things, by analyzing it and defining if 
[by thtnkzng of it:] whereas you can know a thing 

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spiritually only by becoming it, [only by think- 
ing from it]. You must be the thing itself and not 
merely talk about it or look at it. You must be like 
the moth in search of his idol, the flame, 

who spurred with true desire, plunging at 
once into the sacred fire, folded his wings 
within, till he became one colour and one 
substance with the flame. He only knew 
the flame who in it burned, and only he 
could tell who ne'er to tell returned. 

Just as the moth in his desire to know the flame was 
willing to destroy himself, so must you in becoming 
a new person be v^dlling to die to your present self. 
You must be conscious of being healthy if you are 
to know what health is. You must be conscious of 
being secure if you are to know what security is. 
Therefore, to incarnate a new and greater value of 
yourself, you must assume that you already are 
what you want to be and then live by faith in this 
assumption — which is not yet incarnate in the body 
of your life — in confidence that this new value or 
state of consciousness will become incarnated 
through your absolute fidelity to the assumption 
that you are that which you desire to be. This is 
what wholeness means, what integrity means. They 
mean. submission of the whole self to the feeling of 

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the wish fulfilled in certainty that that new state 
of consciousness is the renewing of mind which 
transforms. There is no order in Nature corres- 
ponding to this willing submission of the self to the 
ideal beyond the self. Therefore, it is the height of 
folly to expect the incarnation of a new and greater 
concept of self to come about by natural evolution- 
ary process. That which requires a state of con- 
sciousness to produce its effect obviously cannot 
be effected without such a state of consciousness, 
and in your ability to assume the feeling of a 
greater life, to assume a new concept of yourself, 
you possess what the rest of Nature does not pos- 
sess — Imagination — the instrument by which you 
create your world. 

Your imagination is the instrument, the means, 
whereby your redemption from slavery, sickness, 
and poverty is effected. If you refuse to assume the 
responsibility of the incarnation of a new and 
higher concept of yourself, then you reject the 
means, the only means, whereby your redemption 
— that is, the attainment of your ideal — can be 

Imagination is the only redemptive power in the 
universe. However, your nature is such that it is 
optional to you whether you remain in your present 
concept of yourself (a hungry being longing for 
freedom, health, and security) or choose to become 

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the instrument of your own redemption, imagining 
yourself as that which you want to be, and thereby 
satisfying your hunger and redeeming yourself. 

O be strong then, and brave, 

pure, patient and true; 
The work that is yours let no 

other hand do. 
For the strength for all need is 

faithfully given 
From the fountain within you — 

the Kingdom of Heaven. 

Chapter Four 

THE CHANGES which take place in your life as 
a result of your changed concept of yourself 
always appear to the unenlightened to be the re- 
sult, not of a change of your consciousness, but of 
chance, outer cause, or coincidence. However, the 
only fate governing your life is the fate determined 
by your own concepts, your own assumptions; for 
an assumption, though false, if persisted in will 
harden into fact. The ideal you seek and hope to 
attain will not manifest itself, will not be realized 
by you, until you have imagined that you are al- 
ready that ideal. There is no escape for you except 
by a radical psychological transformation of your- 
self, except by your assumption of the feeling of 
your wish fulfilled. Therefore, make results or 
accomplishments the crucial test of your ability to 
use your imagination. 

Everything depends on your attitude towards 
yourself. That which you will not affirm as true of 


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yourself can never he realized by you, for that atti- 
tude alone is the necessary condition by which you 
reaHze your goal. 

All transformation is based upon suggestion, and 
this can work only where you lay yourself com- 
pletely open to an influence. You must abandon 
yourself to your ideal as a woman abandons her- 
self to love, for complete abandonment of self to 
it is the way to union with your ideal. You must 
assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled until your 
assumption has all the sensory vividness of reality. 
You must imagine that you are already experienc- 
ing what you desire. That is, you must assume the 
feeling of the fulfillment of your desire until you are 
possessed by it and this feeling crowds all other 
ideas out of your consciousness. 

The man who is not prepared for the conscious 
plunge into the assumption of the wish fulfilled 
in the faith that it is the only way to the realization 
of his dream is not yet ready to live consciously by 
the law of assumption, although there is no doubt 
that he does live by the law of assumption uncon- 
sciously. But for you who accept this principle and 
are ready to live by consciously assuming that your 
wish is already fulfilled, the adventure of life be- 
gins. To reach a higher level of being, you must 
assume a higher concept of yourself. 



If you will not imagine yourself as other than 
what you are, then you remain as you are, 

for if ye believe not that I am He, ye 
shall die in your sins. 

If you do not believe that you are He (the per- 
son you want to be), then you remain as you are. 
Through the faithful systematic cultivation of the 
feeling of the wish fulfilled, desire becomes the 
promise of its own fulfillment . The assumption of 
the feeling of the wish fulfilled makes the future 
dream a present fact. 

Chapter Five 


THE DRAMA of life is a psychological one in 
which all the conditions, circumstances, and 
events of your life are brought to pass by your 

Since your life is determined by your assump- 
tions, you are forced to recognize the fact that you 
are either a slave to your assumptions or their 
master. To become the master of your assumptions 
is the key to undreamed-of freedom and happiness. 
You can attain this mastery by deliberate conscious 
control of your imagination. You determine your 
assumptions in this way: Form a mental image, a 
picture of the state desired, of the person you want 
to be. Concentrate your attention upon the feeling 
that you are already that person. First, visualize the 
picture in your consciousness. Then feel yourself to 
be in that state as though it actually formed your 


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surrounding world. By your imagination that 
which was a mere mental image is changed into a 
seemingly solid reality. 

The great secret is a controlled imagination and 
a well-sustained attention firmly and repeatedly 
focused on the object to be accomplished. It can- 
not be emphasized too much that, by creating an 
ideal within your mental sphere, by assuming that 
you are already that ideal, you identify yourself 
with it and thereby transform yourself into its 
image, [thinkmgfrom the ideal instead of thinking 
of the ideal. Every state is already there as "mere 
possibilities" as long as we think of them, but as 
overpoweringly real when we think from them]. 
This was called by the ancient teachers "Subjection 
to the will of God" or "Resting in the Lord," and 
the only true test of "Resting in the Lord" is that all 
who do rest are inevitably transformed into the 
image of that in which they rest [thinking from the 
wish fulfilled]. You become according to your 
resigned will, and your resigned will is your con- 
cept of yourself and all that you consent to and 
accept as true. You, assuming the feeling of your 
wish fulfilled and continuing therein, take upon 
yourself the results of that state; not assuming the 
feeling of your wish fulfilled, you are ever free of 
the results. 

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When you understand the redemptive function 
of imagination, you hold in your hands the key to 
the solution of all your problems. Every phase of 
your life is made by the exercise of your imagina- 
tion. Determined imagination alone is the means 
of your progress, of the fulfilling of your dreams. 
It is the beginning and end of all creating. The 
great secret is a controlled imagination and a well- 
sustained attention firmly and repeatedly focused 
on the feeling of the wish fulfilled until it fills the 
mind and crowds all other ideas out of conscious- 
ness. What greater gifts could be given you than to 
be told the Truth that will set you free? The Truth 
that sets you free is that you can experience in 
imagination what you desire to experience in real- 
ity, and by maintaining this experience in imagi- 
nation, your desire will become an actuality. 

You are limited only by your uncontrolled imagi- 
nation and lack of attention to the feeling of your 
wish fulfilled. When the imagination is not con- 
trolled and the attention not steadied on the feel- 
ing of the wrish fulfilled, then no amount of prayer 
or piety or invocation will produce the desired 
effect. When you can call up at will whatsoever 
image you please, when the forms of your imagina- 
tion are as vivid to you as the forms of nature, you 
are master of your fate. [You must stop spending 


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your thoughts, your time and your money. Every- 
thing in life must be an investment.^ 

Visions of beauty and splendor, 
Forms of a long-lost race, 
Sounds and faces and voices. 
From the fourth dimension of 

space — 
And on through the universe 

Our thoughts go lightning 

shod — 
Some call it imagination, 
And others call it God. 

♦Neville follows this with the date April 12, [19]53. In 
Awakened Imagination (1954) he would write, "On the 
morning of April 12, 1953, my wife was awakened by the 
sound of a great voice of authority speaking within her and 
saying, 'You must stop spending your thoughts, time, and 
money. Everything in life must be an investment.' To spend 
is to waste, to squander, to lay out without return. To invest 
is to lay out for a purpose from which a profit is expected. 
This revelation of my wife is about the importance of the 
moment. It is about the transformation of the moment. . . . 
It is only what is done now that counts. . . . Whenever we 
assume the feeling of being what we want to be, we are 
investing." (ch. b) — Ed. 

Chapter Six 

A double-minded man is unstable in 
all his ways. 

James 1:8 

Attention is forceful in proportion to the nar- 
xjLrowness of its focus, that is, when it is obsessed 
with a single idea or sensation. It is steadied and 
powerfully focused only by such an adjustment of 
the mind as permits you to see one thing only, for 
you steady the attention and increase its power 
by confining it. The desire which realizes itself is 
always a desire upon which attention is exclusively 
concentrated, for an idea is endowed with power 
only in proportion, to the degree of attention fixed 
on it. Concentrated observation is the attentive atti- 
tude directed [from]* some specific end. The atten- 

*Neville substitutes /rom for towards, the reading in the 
original. —Ed. 


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live attitude involves selection, for when you pay 
attention, it signifies that you have decided to focus 
your attention on one object or state rather than on 

Therefore, when you know what you want, you 
must deliberately focus your attention on the feel- 
ing of your wish fulfilled until that feeling fills the 
mind and crowds all other ideas out of conscious- 

The power of attention is the measure of your 
inner force. Concentrated observation of one thing 
shuts out other things and causes them to disap- 
pear. The great secret of success is to focus the 
attention on the feeling of the wish fulfilled with- 
out permitting any distraction. All progress de- 
pends upon an increase of attention. The ideas 
which impel you to action are those which domi- 
nate the consciousness, those which possess the 
attention. [The idea which excludes all others from 
the field of attention discharges in action.] 

This one thing I do, forgetting those 
things that are behind, I press toward the 

This means you, this one thing you can do, "forget- 
ting those things that are behind." You can press 



toward the mark of filling your mind with the feel- 
ing of the wish fulfilled. 

To the unenlightened man this will seem to be 
all fantasy, yet all progress comes from those who 
do not take the accepted view, nor accept the world 
as it is. As was stated heretofore, if you can imag- 
ine what you please, and if the forms of your 
thought are as vivid as the forms of nature, you are 
by virtue of the power of your imagination master 
of your fate. 

Your imagination is you yourself, and the world 
as your imagination sees it is the real world. 

When you set out to master the movements of 
attention, which must be done if you would success- 
fully alter the course of observed events, it is then 
you realize how little control you exercise over your 
imagination and how much it is dominated by sen- 
sory impressions and by a drifting on the tides of 
idle moods. 

To aid in mastering the control of your atten- 
tion, practice this exercise: Night after night, just 
before you drift off to sleep, strive to hold your 
attention on the activities of the day in reverse 
order. Focus your attention on the last thing you 
did, that is, getting in to bed, and then move it 
backward in time over the events until you reach 
the first event of the day, getting out of bed. This 


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is no easy exercise, but just as specific exercises 
greatly help in developing specific muscles, this 
will greatly help in developing the "muscle" of your 
attention. Your attention must be developed, con- 
trolled, and concentrated in order to change vour 
concept of yourself successfully and thereby change 
your future. Imagination is able to do anything, 
but only according to the internal direction of your 
attention. If you persist night after night, sooner 
or later you will awaken in yourself a centre of 
power and become conscious of your greater self, 
the real you. Attention is developed by repeated 
exercise or habit. Through habit an action becomes 
easier, and so in course of time gives rise to a facility 
or faculty, which can then be put to higher uses. 
When you attain control of the internal direction 
of your attention, you will no longer stand in shal- 
low water but will launch out into the deep of life. 
You will walk in the assumption of the wish fulfilled 
as on a foundation more solid even than earth. 

Chapter Seven 

Lawrence (Princeton) and Adelbert Ames 
(Dartmouth) in the latter's psychology laboratory 
at Hanover, N.H., prove that what you see when 
you look at something depends not so much on 
what is there as on the assumption you make when 
you look. Since what we believe to be the "real" 
physical world is actually only an "assumptive" 
world, it is not surprising that these experiments 
prove that what appears to be solid reality is actu- 
ally the result of "expectations" or "assumptions." 
Your assumptions determine not only what you see 
but also what you do, for they govern all your con- 
scious and subconscious movements towards the 
fulfillment of themselves. Over a century ago this 
truth was stated by Emerson as follows: 

As the world was plastic and fluid in the 
hands of God, so it is ever to so much of 


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his attributes as we bring to it. To ignor- 
ance and sin, it is flint. They adapt them- 
selves to it as they may, but in proportion 
as a man has anything in him divine, the 
firmament flows before him and takes his 
signet and form. 

Your assumption is the hand of God moulding the 
firmament into the image of that which you 
assume. The assumption of the wish fulfilled is 
the high tide which lifts you easily off the bar of the 
senses where you have so long lain stranded. It lifts 
the mind into prophecy in the full right sense of the 
word; and if you have that controlled imagina- 
tion and absorbed attention which it is possible to 
attam, you may be sure that all your assumption 
implies will come to pass. 
When William Blake wrote, 

What seems to be, is, to those to whom it 
seems to be 

he was only repeating the eternal truth, 

there is nothing unclean of itself: but to 
him that esteemeth anything to be un- 
clean, to him it is unclean. 

Rom. 14:14 



Because there is nothing unclean of itself {ov clean 
of itself), you should assume the best and think 
only of that which is lovely and of good report. It 
is not superior insight but ignorance of this law of 
assumption if you read into the greatness of men 
some littleness with which you may be familiar— or 
into some situation or circumstance an unfavorable 
conviction. Your particular relationship to another 
influences your assumption with respect to that 
other and makes you see in him that which you do 
see. If you can change your opinion of another, 
then what you now believe of him cannot be abso- 
lutely true but is only relatively true. The following 
is an actual case history illustrating how the law of 
assumption works: 

One day a costume designer described to me her 
difficulties in working with a prominent theatrical 
producer. She was convinced that he unjustly criti- 
cized and rejected her best work and that often 
he was deliberately rude and unfair to her. Upon 
hearing her story, I explained that if she found 
the other rude and unfair, it was a sure sign that 
she, herself, was wanting and that it was not the 
producer, but herself that was in need of a new 
attitude. I told her that the power of this law of 
assumption and its practical application could be 
discovered only through experience, and that only 
by assuming that the situation was already what she 


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11 :r 

wanted it to be could she prove that she could bring 
about the change desired. Her employer was 
merely bearing witness, telling her by his behavior 
what her concept of him was. I suggested that it 
was quite probable that she was carrying on conver- 
sations with him in her mind which were filled with 
criticism and recriminations. There was no doubt 
but that she was mentally arguing with the pro- 
ducer, for others only echo that which we whisper 
to them in secret. I asked her if it was not true that 
she talked to him mentally, and, if so, what those 
conversations were like. She confessed that every 
morning on her way to the theatre she told him just 
what she thought of him in a way she would never 
have dared address him in person. The intensity 
and force of her mental arguments with him auto- 
matically estabUshed his behavior towards her. She 
began to realize that all of us carry on mental con- 
versations, but, unfortunately, on most occasions 
these conversations are argumentative . . . that we 
have only to observe the passerby on the street to 
prove this assertion . . . that so many people are 
mentally engrossed in conversation and few appear 
to be happy about it, but the very intensity of their 
feeling must lead them quickly to the unpleasant 
incident they themselves have mentally created and 
therefore must now encounter. When she realized 
what she had been doing, she agreed to change her 

attitude and to live this law faithfully by assuming 
that her job was highly satisfactory and her rela- 
tionship with the producer was a very happy one. 
To ao tnis she agreed that before going to sleep at 
night, on her way to work, and at other intervals 
during the day she would imagine that he had con- 
gratulated her on her fine designs and that she, 
in turn, had thanked him for his praise and kind- 
ness. To her great delight she soon discovered for 
herself that her own attitude was the cause of all 
that befell her. 

The behavior of her employer miraculously re- 
versed itself. His attitude, echoing, as it had always 
done, that which she had assumed, now reflected 
her changed concept of him. 

What she did was by the power of her imagina- 
tion. Her persistent assumption influenced his 
behavior and determined his attitude toward her. 

With the passport of desire on the wings 
of a controlled imagination she traveled 
into the future of her own predetermined 

Thus we see it is not facts, but that which we create 
in our imagination, which shapes our lives, for most 
of the conflicts of the day are due to the want of a 
little imagination to cast the beam out of our own 



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eye. It is the exact and literal-minded who live 
in a fictitious world. As this designer, by her con- 
trolled imagination, started the subtle change in 
her employer's mind, so can we, by the control of 
our own imagination and wisely directed feeling, 
solve our problems. 

By the intensity of her imagination and feeling, 
the designer cast a kind of enchantment on her 
producer's mind and caused him to think that his 
generous praise originated with him. Often our 
most elaborate and original thoughts are deter- 
mined by another. 

We should never be certain that it was 
not some woman treading in the wine- 
press who began that subtle change in 
men's mind, or that the passion did not 
begin in the mind of some shepherd boy, 
lighting up his eyes for a moment before 
it ran upon its way. 

William Butler Yeats 

Chapter Eight 

There is no coal of character so dead that 
it will not glow and flame if but slightly 

Resist not evil. 

Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right 
cheek, turn to him the other also. 

THERE IS a great difference between resisting 
evil and renouncing it. When you resist evil, 
you give it your attention, you continue to make it 
real. When you renounce evil, you take your atten- 
tion from it and give your attention to what you 
want. Now is the time to control your imagination 

Give beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, 
praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they 


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might be called trees of righteousness, 
the planting of the Lord that He might be 

You give beauty for ashes when you concentrate 
your attention on things as you would like them to 
be rather than on things as they are. You give joy 
for mourning when you maintain a joyous attitude 
regardless of unfavorable circumstances. You give 
praise for the spirit of heaviness when you main- 
tain a confident attitude instead of succumbing 
to despondency. In this quotation the Bible uses 
the word tree as a synonym for man. You become 
a tree of righteousness when the above mental 
states are a permanent part of your conscious- 
ness. You are a planting of the Lord when all 
your thoughts are true thoughts. He is I AM as 
described in Chapter One. I AM is glorified when 
your highest concept of yourself is manifested. 

When you have discovered your own controlled 
imagination to be your saviour, your attitude will 
be completely altered without any diminution of 
religious feeling, and you will say of your controlled 

Behold this vine. I found it a wild tree, 
whose wanton strength had swollen into 
irregular twigs. But I pruned the plant 



and it grew temperate in its vain expense 
of useless leaves, and knotted as you see 
into these clean full clusters to repay the 
hand that wisely wounded it. 

By vine is meant your imagination, which, in its 
uncontrolled state, expends its energy in useless 
or destructive thoughts and feelings. But you, just 
as the vine is pruned by cutting away its useless 
branches and roots, prune your imagination by 
withdrawing your attention from all unlovely and 
destructive ideas and concentrating on the ideal 
you wish to attain. The happier, more noble life 
you will experience will be the result of wisely prun- 
ing your own imagination. Yes, be pruned of all 
unlovely thoughts and feelings that you may 

Think truly, and thy thoughts shall the 
world's famine feed; Speak truly, and 
each word of thine shall be a fruitful seed; 
Live truly, and thy life shall be a great and 
noble creed. 

Chapter Nine 


And all mine are thine, and thine are 

John 17:10 

Thrust in thy sickle, and reap; for the 
time is come for thee to reap; for the har- 
vest of the earth is ripe. 

Rev. 14:15 

All is yours. Do not go seeking for that which 
-/~\.you are. Appropriate it, claim it, assume it. 
Everything depends upon your concept of yourself. 
That which you do not claim as true of yourself 
cannot be realized by you. The promise is 

Whosoever hath, to him it shall be given, 
and he shall have more abundance; but 

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whosoever hath not, from him shall be 
taken away even that which he seemeth to 

Hold fast, in your imagination, to all that is 
lovely and of good report, for the lovely and the 
good are essential in your life if it is to be worth- 
while. Assume it. You do this by imagining that 
you already are what you want to be — and already 
have what you want to have. 

As a man thinketh in his heart so is he. 

Be still and know that you are that which you desire 
to be, and you will never have to search for it. 

In spite of your appearance of freedom of action, 
you obey, as everything else does, the law of as- 
sumption. Whatever you may think of the question 
of free will, the truth is your experiences through- 
out your life are determined by your assumptions 
— whether conscious or unconscious. An assump- 
tion builds a bridge of incidents that lead inevit- 
ably to the fulfillment of itself . 

Man believes the future to be the natural devel- 
opment of the past. But the law of assumption 
clearly shows that this is not the case. Your assump- 
tion places you psychologically where you are not 

Preparing Your Place 


physically; then your senses pull you back from 
where you were psychologically to where you are 

physically. It is these psychological forward motions 
that produce your physical forward motions in 
time. Precognition permeates all the scriptures of the 

In my Father's house are many mansions; 
If it were not so, I would have told you. I 
go to prepare a place for you. And if I go 
and prepare a place for you, I will come 
again and receive you unto myself: that 
where I am, there ye may be also. . . . 
And now I have told you before it came 
to pass, that, when it is come to pass, 
ye might believe. 

John 14:2, 3, 29 

The "I" in this quotation is your imagination 
which goes into the future, into one of the many 
mansions. Mansion is the state desired . . . telling 
of an event before it occurs physically is simply feel- 
ing yourself into the state desired until it has the 
tone of reality. You go and prepare a place for 
yourself by imagining yourself into the feeling 
of your wish fulfilled. Then, you speed from this 
state of the wish fulfilled — where you have not 


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been physically — back to where you were physically 
a moment ago. Then, with an irresistible forward 
movement, you move forward across a series of 
events to the physical realization of your wish, that 
where you have been in imagination, there you will 
be in the flesh also. 

Unto the place from whence the rivers 
come, thither they return again. 

Eccles. 1:7 

Chapter Ten 

I am God, declaring the end from the 
beginning, and from ancient times things 
that are not yet done. 

Isaiah 46:9, 10 

CREATION IS finished. Creativeness is only a 
deeper receptiveness, for the entire contents 
of all time and all space, while experienced in a 
time sequence, actually coexist in an infinite and 
eternal now. In other words, all that you ever have 
been or ever will be — in fact, all that mankind ever 
was or ever will be — exists now. This is what is 
meant by creation, and the statement that creation 
is finished means nothing is ever to be created, it is 
only to be manifested. What is called creativeness 
is only becoming aware of what already is. You 
simply become aware of increasing portions of that 
which already exists. The fact that you can never 


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!l 1 

be anything that you are not already or experience 
anything not already existing explains the experi- 
ence of having an acute feeling of having heard 
before what is being said, or having met before the 
person being met for the first time, or having seen 
before a place or thing being seen for the first time. 

The whole of creation exists in you, and it is 
your destiny to become increasingly aware of its 
infinite wonders and to experience ever greater and 
grander portions of it. 

If creation is finished, and all events are taking 
place now, the question that springs naturally to 
the mind is "what determines your time track?" 
That is, what determines the events which you 
encounter? And the answer is your concept of your- 
self . Concepts determine the route that attention 
follows. Here is a good test to prove this fact. 
Assume the feeling of your wish fulfilled and ob- 
serve the route that your attention follows. You vdll 
observe that as long as you remain faithful to your 
assumption, so long will your attention be con- 
fronted with images clearly related to that assump- 
tion. For example; if you assume that you have a 
wonderful business, you will notice how in your 
imagination your attention is focused on incident 
after incident relating to that assumption. Friends 
congratulate you, tell you how lucky you are. 
Others are envious and critical. From there your 

attention goes to larger offices, bigger bank bal- 
ances, and many other similarly related events. 
Persistence in this assumption will result in actually 
experiencing in fact that which you assumed. 

The same is true regarding any concept. If your 
concept of yourself is that you are a failure, you 
would encounter in your imagination a whole series 
of incidents in conformance to that concept. 

T^hus it is clearly seen how you, by your concept 
of yourself, determine your present, that is, the 
particular portion of creation which you now expe- 
rience, and your future, that is, the particular 
portion of creation which you will experience. 

Chapter Eleven 

You ARE free to choose the concept you will 
accept of yourself. Therefore, you possess the 
power of intervention, the power which enables you 
to alter the course of your future . The process of 
rising from your present concept to a higher con- 
cept of yourself is the means of all true progress. 
The higher concept is waiting for you to incarnate 
it in the world of experience. 

Now unto Him that is able to do exceed- 
ing abundantly above all that we ask or 
think, according to the power that work- 
eth in us, unto him be glory. 

Eph. 3:20 

Him, that is able to do more than you can ask 
or think, is your imagination, and the power that 
worketh in us is your attention. Understanding 


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imagination to be HIM that is able to do all that 
you ask, and attention to be the power by which 
you create your world, you can now build your 
ideal world. Imagine yourself to be the ideal you 
dream of and desire. Remain attentive to this 
imagined state, and as fast as you completely feel 
that you are already this ideal it will manifest itself 
as reality in your world. 

He was in the world, and the world was 
made by him and the world knew him 

The mystery hid from the ages; Christ in 
, the hope of glory. 


The "He," in the first of these quotations, is your 
imagination. As previously explained, there is only 
one substance. This substance is consciousness. It 
is your imagination which forms this substance 
into concepts, which concepts are then manifested 
as conditions, circumstances, and physical objects. 
Thus imagination made your world. This supreme 
truth with but few exceptions man is not con- 
scious of. 

The mystery, Christ in you, referred to in the 
second quotation, is your imagination, by which 



your world is molded. The hope of glory is your 
awareness of the ability to rise perpetually to higher 

Christ is not to be found in history nor in exter- 
nal forms. You find Christ only when you become 
aware of the fact that your imagination is the only 
redemptive power. When this is discovered, the 
"towers of dogma will have heard the trumpets 
of Truth, and, like the walls of Jericho, crumble 
to dust." 

Chapter Twelve 

YOUR IMAGINATION is able to do all that you ask 
in proportion to the degree of your attention. 
All progress, all fulfillment of desire, depend upon 
the control and concentration of your attention. 
Attention may be either attracted from without or 
directed from within. Attention is attracted from 
without when you are consciously occupied with the 
external impressions of the immediate present. The 
very lines of this page are attracting your atten- 
tion from without. Your attention is directed from 
within when you deliberately choose what you will 
be preoccupied with mentally. It is obvious that 
in the objective world your attention is not only 
attracted by but is constantly directed to external 
impressions. But, your control in the subjective 
state is almost nonexistent, for in this state atten- 
tion is usually the servant and not the master — the 
passenger and not the navigator — of your world. 



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There is an enormous difference between attention 
directed objectively and attention directed sub- 
jectively, and the capacity to change your future 
depends on the latter. When you are able to con- 
trol the movements of your attention in the subjec- 
tive world, you can modify or alter your life as 
you please. But this control cannot be achieved 
if you allow your attention to be attracted con- 
stantly from without. Each day, set yourself the task 
of deliberately withdrawing your attention from 
the objective world and of focusing it subjectively. 
In other words, concentrate on those thoughts or 
moods which you deliberately determine. Then 
those things that now restrict you will fade and 
drop away. The day you achieve control of the 
movements of your attention in the subjective 
world, you are master of your fate. 

You will no longer accept the dominance of out- 
side conditions or circumstances. You will not 
accept life on the basis of the world without. Hav- 
ing achieved control of the movements of your 
attention, and having discovered the mystery hid 
from the ages, that Christ in you is your imagina- 
tion, you will assert the supremacy oi imagination 
and put all things in subjection to it. 

Chapter Thirteen 

Man's Perceptions are not bounded by 
organs of Perception: he perceives more 
than sense (though ever so acute) can 

HOWEVER MUCH you Seem to be living in a mate- 
rial world, you are actually living in a world 
of imagination. The outer, physical events of life 
are the fruit of forgotten blossom-times — results 
of previous and usually forgotten states of con- 
sciousness. They are the ends running true to oft- 
times forgotten imaginative origins. 

Whenever you become completely absorbed in 
an emotional state, you are at that moment assum- 
ing the feeling of the state fulfilled. If persisted in, 
whatsoever you are intensely emotional about you 
will experience in your world. These periods of 
absorption, of concentrated attention, are the 


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beginnings of the things you harvest. It is in such 
moments that you are exercising your creative 
power — the only creative power there is. At the end 
of these periods, or moments of absorption, you 
speed from these imaginative states (where you 
have not been physically) to where you were phys- 
ically an instant ago. In these periods the imagined 
state is so real that when you return to the objec- 
tive world and find that it is not the same as the 
imagined state, it is an actual shock. You have seen 
something in imagination with such vividness that 
you now wonder whether the evidence of your 
senses can now be believed, and like Keats you ask, 

was it a vision or a waking 

Fled is that music . . . Do I wake 

or sleep? 

This shock reverses your time sense. By this is 
meant that instead of your experience resulting 
from your past, it now becomes the result of being 
in imagination where you have not yet been phys- 
ically. In effect, this moves you across a bridge of 
incident to the physical realization of your imag- 
ined state. The man who at will can assume what- 
ever state he pleases has found the keys to the 

Kingdom of Heaven. The keys are desire, imagi- 
nation, and a steadily focused attention on the 
feeling of the wish fulfilled. To such a man any 
undesirable objective fact is no longer a reality and 
the ardent wish no longer a dream. 

Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord 
of hosts, if I will not open you the win- 
dows of heaven, and pour you out a bless- 
ing, that there shall not be room enough 

to receive it. 

Malachi 3:10 

The windows of heaven may not be opened and 
the treasures seized by a strong will, but they open 
of themselves and present their treasures as a free 
gift — a gift that comes when absorption reaches 
such a degree that it results in a feeling of complete 
acceptance. The passage from your present state to 
the feeling of your wish fulfilled is not across a gap. 
There is continuity between the so-called real and 
unreal. To cross from one state to the other, you 
simply extend your feelers, trust your touch, and 
enter fully into the spirit of what you are doing. 

Not by might nor by power but by my 
spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. 


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Assume the spirit, the feehng of the wish ful- 
filled, and you will have opened the windows to 
receive the blessing. To assume a state is to get into 
the spirit of it. Your triumphs vdll be a surprise only 
to those who did not know your hidden passage 
from the state of longing to the assumption of the 
wish fulfilled. 

The Lord of hosts will not respond to your wish 
until you have assumed the feeling of already being 
what you want to be, for acceptance is the channel 
of His action. Acceptance is the Lord of hosts in 

Chapter Fourteen 


THE PRINCIPLE of "Least Action" governs every- 
thing in physics from the path of a planet to 
the path of a pulse of light. Least Action is the 
minimum of energy, multiplied by the minimum 
of time. Therefore, in moving from your present 
state to the state desired, you must use the mini- 
mum of energy and take the shortest possible time. 
Your journey from one state of consciousness to 
another is a psychological one, so, to make the jour- 
ney, you must employ the psychological equivalent 
of "Least Action," and the psychological equiva- 
lent is mere assumption. 

The day you fully realize the power of assump- 
tion, you discover that it works in complete con- 
formity with this principle. It works by means of 
attention, minus effort. Thus, with least action 
through an assumption you hurry without haste 
and reach your goal without effort. 


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The Effortless Way 


Because creation is finished, what you desire 
already exists. It is excluded from view because you 
can see only the contents of your own conscious- 
ness. It is the function of an assumption to call 
back the excluded view and restore full vision. It is 
not the world but your assumptions that change. 
An assumption brings the invisible into sight. It is 
nothing more nor less than seeing with the eye of 
God, i.e., imagination. 

For the Lord seeth not as a man seeth, for 
man looketh on the outward appearance, 
but the Lord looketh on the heart. 

the law of assumption. The future becomes the 
present when you imagine that you already are 
what you will be when your assumption is fulfilled. 
Be still (least action) and know that you are that 
which you desire to be. The end of longing should 
be Being. Translate your dream into Being. Per- 
petual construction of future states without the 
consciousness of already being them, that is, pictur- 
ing your desire without actually assuming the feel- 
ing of the wish fulfilled, is the fallacy and mirage 
of mankind. 

It is simply futile day-dreaming. 

The heart is the primary organ of sense, hence the 
first cause of experience. When you look "on the 
heart" you are looking at your assumptions: as- 
sumptions determine your experience. Watch your 
assumption with all diligence for out of it are the 
issues of life. Assumptions have the power of objec- 
tive realization. Every event in the visible world 
is the result of an assumption or idea in the unseen 

The present moment is all-important, for it is 
only in the present moment that our assumptions 
can be controlled. The future must become the 
present in your mind if you would wisely operate 


Chapter Fifteen 

THE ASSUMPTION of the wish fulfilled is the ship 
that carries you over the unknown seas to the 
fulfillment of your dream. The assumption is every- 
thing; realization is subconscious and effortless. 

Assume a virtue if you have it not. 

Act on the assumption that you already possess that 
which you sought. 

Blessed is she that believed; for there shall 
be a performance of those things which 
were told her from the Lord. 

As the Immaculate Conception* is the foundation 
of the Christian mysteries, so the Assumptionf is 

* Mary's birth without Original Sin. However, Neville seems 
to have in mind the Virgin Birth of Jesus. —Ed. 
fThe taking up of the body (usually, the body of Mary) into 
heaven.— £c?. 


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their crown. Psychologically the Immaculate Con- 
ception means the birth of an idea in your own 
consciousness unaided by another. For instance 
when you have a specific wish or hunger or longing' 
It is an immaculate conception in the sense that no 
physical person or thing plants it in your mind. It 
IS self-conceived. Every man is the Mary of the 
Immaculate Conception and birth to his idea must 
give. * The Assumption is the crown of the mysteries 
because it is the highest use of consciousness. When 
m imagination you assume the feeling of the wish 
fulfilled, you are mentally lifted up to a higher 
level. When, through your persistence, this as- 
sumption becomes actual fact, you automatically 
find yourself on a higher level (that is, you have 
achieved your desire) in your objective world Your 
assumption guides all your conscious and subcon- 
scious movements towards its suggested end so 
inevitably that it actually dictates the events 

The drama of life is a psychological one and 
the whole of it is written and produced by your 

Learn the art of assumption, for only in this way 
can you create your own happiness. 

*Stylistic inversion deriving from quotation not cited- = 
and must give birth to his idea."-£d. 

Chapter Sixteen 


ELF-SURRENDER IS essential, and by that is meant 
'the confession of personal impotence. 

I can of mine own self do nothing. 

Since creation is finished, it is impossible to force 
anything into being. The example of magnetism 
previously given is a good illustration. You cannot 
make magnetism; it can only be displayed. You 
cannot make the law of magnetism. If you want to 
build a magnet, you can do so only by conforming 
to the law of magnetism. In other words, you sur- 
render yourself, or yield to the law. In like manner, 
when you use the faculty of assumption, you are 
conforming to a law just as real as the law govern^ 
ing magnetism. You can neither create nor change 
the law of assumption. It is in this respect that you 
are impotent. You can only yield or conform, and 


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since all of your experiences are the result of your 
assumptions (consciously or unconsciously) the 
value of consciously using the power of assumption 
surely must be obvious. 

Willingly identify yourself with that which you 
most desire, knowing that it will find expression 

ni'T^ Vu""- ™^ '° '^^ ^'^^^^ °f ^he wish ful- 
tilled and be consumed as its victim, then rise as the 
prophet of the law of assumption. 

Chapter Seventeen 


IT IS of great significance that the truth of the 
principles outlined in this book have been proven 
time and again by the personal experiences of the 
Author. Throughout the past twenty-five years he 
has applied these principles and proved them suc- 
cessful in innumerable instances. He attributes to 
an unwavering assumption of his wish already 
being fulfilled every success that he has achieved. 
He was confident that by these fixed assumptions 
his desires were predestined to be fulfilled. Time 
and again he assumed the feeling of his wish ful- 
filled and continued in his assumption until that 
which he desired was completely realized. 

Live your life in a sublime spirit of confidence 
and determination; disregard appearances, condi- 
tions, in fact all evidence of your senses that deny 
the fulfillment of your desire. Rest in the assump- 
tion that you are already what you want to be, for 


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in that determined assumption you and your In- 
finite Being are merged in creative unity, and with 
your Infinite Being (God) all things are possible. 
God never fails. 

For who can stay His hand or say unto 
Him, What doest thou? 

Through the mastery of your assumptions you are 
in very truth enabled to master life. It is thus that 
the ladder of life is ascended: thus the ideal is real- 
ized. The clue to the real purpose of life is to sur- 
render yourself to your ideal with such awareness 
of its reality that you begin to live the life of the 
ideal and no longer your own life as it was prior to 
this surrender. 

He calleth things that are not seen as 
though they were, and the unseen be- 
comes seen. 

Each assumption has its corresponding world. If 
you are truly observant, you will notice the power 
of your assumptions to change circumstances which 
appear wholly immutable. 

You, by your conscious assumptions, determine 
the nature of the world in which you live. Ignore 
the present state and assume the wish fulfilled. 

All Things Are Possible 


Claim it; it wUl respond. The law of assumption i 
L means by which the fulfillment of your 
may be realized. Every moment of your life, con 
sciously or unconsczously, you are ^^^-^'^^ ^^'^^ 
ing You can no more avoid assuming a feeling 
han you can avoid eating and drinking. All you 
can do is control the nature of your assumptions 
Thus it is clearly seen that the control of your 
assumption is the key you now hold to an ever 
expanding, happier, more noble lite. 

Chapter Eighteen 


Be ye doers of the word and not hearers 
only, deceiving your own selves. For if 
any be a hearer of the word, and not a 
doer, he is like unto a man beholding his 
natural face in a glass and goeth his way, 
and straightway forgetteth what manner 
of man he was. But whoso looketh into 
the perfect law of liberty, and continue 
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer 
but a doer of the work, this man shall 
be blessed in his deed. 

James 1:22-25 

THE WORD in this quotation means idea, con- 
cept, or desire. You deceive yourself by "hear- 
ing only" when you expect your desire to be fulfilled 
through mere wishful thinking. Your desire is what 
you want to be, and looking at yourself "in a glass" 


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is seeing yourself in imagination as that person. 
Forgetting "what manner of man" you are is fail- 
ing to persist in your assumption. The "perfect law 
of liberty" is the law which makes possible libera- 
tion from limitation, that is, the law of assumption. 
To continue in the perfect law of liberty is to per- 
sist in the assumption that your desire is already ful- 
filled. You are not a "forgetful hearer" when you 
keep the feeling of your wish fulfilled constantly 
alive in your consciousness. This makes you a "doer 
of the work," and you are blessed in your deed by 
the inevitable realization of your desire. 

You must be doers of the law of assumption, for 
without application the most profound understand- 
ing will not produce any desired result. 

Frequent reiteration and repetition of important 
basic truths runs through these pages. Where the 
law of assumption is concerned — the law that sets 
man free — this is a good thing. It should be made 
clear again and again even at the risk of repetition. 
The real truth-seeker will welcome this aid in con- 
centrating his attention upon the law which sets 
him free. 

The parable of the Master's condemnation of 
the servant who neglected to use the talent given 
him is clear and unmistakable. Having discovered 
within yourself the key to the Treasure House, you 
should be like the good servant who by wise use 

Be Ye Doers 


multiplied by many times the talents entrusted to 
Tim tL talent entrusted to you ^s the power 
to consciously determine your — ^^^ ^^^^;^ 
talent not used, like the limb not exercised, withers 

and finally atrophies. . . • „ jn order to 

What you must strive after is being In order to 
Ho it is necessary to be. The end of yearning is 
tt YorconcJpt of yourself can only be dnven 
out of consciousness by another concept of yoursdL 
By creating an ideal in your mind, you can « 
yourself with it until you become o- and h 
lame with the ideal, thereby transforming yourself 

"The dynamic prevails over the static; the active 
over the rassWe. One who is a doer is magnetic and 
lerefore' infinitely more creative than any who 
merely hear. Be among the doers. 

Chapter Nineteen 

THE essential points in the successful use of the 
law of assumption are these: First, and above 
all, yearning; longing; intense, burning desire. 
With all your heart you must want to be different 
from what you are. Intense, burning desire [com- 
bined with intention to make good] is the main- 
spring of action, the beginning of all successful 
ventures. In every great passion [which achieves its 
objective] desire is concentrated [and intentioned. 
You must first desire and then intend to succeed]. 

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, 
so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. 

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst 
after righteousness for they shall be filled. 

Here the soul is interpreted as the sum total of 
all you believe, think, feel, and accept as true; 



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God JmTm ■ ^ZFT"' '-" °f rareness. 
»ur« and fu,fi Let fTu f """'"""'^' *^ 

awarereeK anrf / am ,„h„, r "J levels of 

' am in the senesT T^ ""'"'"'"^ '" ^'"'" 

"self «,^a" JLlr/rr™'" '°"SS to transcend 
.ncaprc-t rrnHkf rr ™r **'^- « physical 

A drowsy numbness pains my senses ,. 
■hough of hemloek I had drunk • 

">ust learn to i^dute ^""'°" "' »"™"on. You 
rience has Uu;^^ t L " ""'' >"" ^^P^ 
after a subs.anfia meal n T^ "'">' '"'"""d 

-ruing feeling :'erTl re:t- Jr^'^ '" '"^ 
naturally disposed to enter this s «e Th '7 "' 
Phystcal immobility shows itse',; m'he^cn:' 



tion of mental force which absolute stillness brings 
with it. It increases your power of concentration. 

Be still and know that I am God. 

In fact, the gpreater energies of the mind seldom 
break forth save when the body is stilled and the 
door of the senses closed to the objective world. 

The third and last thing to do is to experience 
in your imagination what you would experience in 
reality had you achieved your goal. [ You must gain 
it in imagination first, for imagination is the very 
door to the reality of that which you seek. But use 
imagination masterfully and not as an onlooker 
thinking of the end, but as a partaker thinking from 
the end.] Imagine that you possess a quality or 
something you desire which hitherto has not been 
yours. Surrender yourself completely to this feeling 
until your whole being is possessed by it. This state 
differs from reverie in this respect: it is the result of 
a controlled imagination and a steadied, concen- 
trated attention, whereas reverie is the result of 
an uncontrolled imagination — usually just a day- 
dream. In the controlled state, a minimum of effort 
suffices to keep your consciousness filled with the 
feeling of the wish fulfilled. The physical and men- 
tal immobility of this state is a powerful aid to 


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voluntary attention and a major factor of mini- 
mum effort. 

The application of these three points: 

1 . Desire 

2. Physical immobility 

3. The assumption of the wish already 

is the way to at-one-ment or union with your objec- 
tive. [The first point is thinking of the end, with 
intention to realize it. The third point is thinking 
from the end with the feeling of accomplishment. 
The secret of thinking from the end is to enjoy 
being it. The minute you make it pleasurable and 
imagine that you are it, you start thinking from 
the end.] 

One of the most prevalent misunderstandings 
is that this law works only for those having a de- 
vout or a religious objective. This is a fallacy. 
It works just as impersonally as the law of electric- 
ity works. It can be used for greedy, selfish purposes 
as well as noble ones. But it should always be borne 
in mind that ignoble thoughts and actions inevit- 
ably result in unhappy consequences. 

Chapter Twenty 

TN THE preceding chapter righteousness was de- 
1 fined as the consciousness of already being what 
you want to be. This is the true psychological 
meaning and obviously does not refer to adherence 
to moral codes, civil law, or religious precepts. You 
cannot attach too much importance to bemg righ- 
teous In fact, the entire Bible is permeated with 
admonition and exhortations on this subject. 

Break off thy sins by righteousness. 

Dan. 4:27 

My righteousness I hold fast, and will 
not let it go: my heart shall not reproach 

me so long as I live. , ^ ^n a 

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My righteousness shall answer for me 
in time to come. 

Genesis 30:33 

Very often the words sin and righteousness are 
used m the same quotation. This is a logical con- 
trast of opposites and becomes enormously signifi- 
cant m the light of the psychological meaning of 
righteousness and the psychological meaning of sin 
Sm means to miss the mark. Not to attain your 
desire, not to be the person you want to be, is sin- 
ning. Righteousness is the consciousness of already 
being what you want to be. It is a changeless edu- 
cative law that effects must follow causes. Only by 
righteousness can you be saved from sinning 

There is a widespread misunderstanding as to 
what It means to be "saved from sin." The follow- 
ing example will suffice to demonstrate this mis- 
understanding and to establish the truth. A person 
living m abject poverty may believe that by means 
ot some religious or philosophical activity he can be 
saved from sin" and his life improved as a result 
If however, he continues to live in the same state 
of poverty, it is obvious that what he believed was 
not the truth, and, in fact, he was not "saved " On 
the other hand, he can be saved by righteousness. 
The successful use of the law of assumption would 
have the inevitable result of an actual change in 



his life. He would no longer live in poverty. He 
would no longer miss the mark. He would be saved 
from sin. 

Except your righteousness shall exceed 
the righteousness of the scribes and Pha- 
risees, ye shall in no wise enter into the 
kingdom of heaven. 

Matt. 5:20 

Scribes and Pharisees means those who are influ- 
enced and governed by the outer appearances — 
the rules and customs of the society in which they 
live, the vain desire to be thought well of by other 
men. Unless this state of mind is exceeded, your life 
will be one of limitation — of failure to attain your 
desires — of missing the mark — of sin. This righ- 
teousness is exceeded by true righteousness, which 
is always the consciousness of already being that 
which you want to be. 

One of the greatest pitfalls in attempting to use 
the law of assumption is focusing your attention on 
things, on a new home, a better job, a bigger bank 
balance. This is not the righteousness without 
which you "die in your sins." Righteousness is not 
the thing itself; it is the consciousness, the feeling 
of already being the person you want to be, of 
already having the thing you desire. 


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Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his 
righteousness; and all these things shall 
be added unto you. 

Matthew 6:33 

The kingdom (entire creation) of God (your I AM) 
IS within you. Righteousness is the awareness that 
you already possess it all. 

Chapter Twenty-one 

THE Q^UESTioN is often asked, "What should be 
done between the assumption of the wish ful- 
filled and its realization?" Nothing. It is a delusion 
that, other than assuming the feeling of the wish 
fulfilled, you can do anything to aid the realization 
of your desire. You think that you can do some- 
thing, you want to do something; but actually you 
can do nothing. The illusion of the free will to do 
is but ignorance of the law of assumption upon 
which all action is based. Everything happens auto- 
matically. All that befalls you, all that is done by 
you — happens. Your assumptions, conscious or 
unconscious, direct all thought and action to their 
fulfillment. To understand the law of assumption, 
to be convinced of its truth, means getting rid of 
all the illusions about free will to act. Free v^all actu- 
ally medins freedom to select any idea you desire. 
By assuming the idea already to be a fact, it is 
converted into reality. Beyond that, free will ends. 


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and everything happens in harmony with the con- 
cept assumed. 

I can of mine own self do 

nothing . . . because 
I seek not mine own will, but 

the will of the 
Father which hath sent me. 

In this quotation the Father obviously refers to 
God. In an earlier chapter, God is defined as I AM. 
Smce creation is finished, the Father is never in a 
position of saying "I will be. " In other words, every- 
thmg exists, and the infinite I AM consciousness 
can speak only in the present tense. 

Not my will but thine be done. 

"I will be" is a confession that "/ am not " The 
Father's will is always "I AM." Until you realize that 
YOU are the Father (there is only one I AM and 
your mfinite self is that I AM), your will is always 
7 will be. " ^ 

In the law of assumption your consciousness of 
being is the Father's will. The mere wish without 
this consciousness is the "my will." This great quo- 
tation, so little understood, is a perfect statement 
of the law of assumption. 

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It is impossible to do anything. You must be in 
order to do. 

If you had a different concept of yourself, every- 
thing would be different. You are what you are, so 
everything is as it is. The events which you observe 
are determined by the concept you have of yourself. 
If you change your concept of yourself, the events 
ahead of you in time are altered, but, thus altered, 
they /orm again a deterministic sequence starting 
from the moment of this changed concept. You are 
a being with powers of intervention, which enable 
you, by a change of consciousness, to alter the 
course of observed events — in fact, to change your 

Deny the evidence of the senses, and assume 
the feeling of the wish fulfilled. Inasmuch as your 
assumption is creative and forms an atmosphere, 
your assumption, if it be a noble one, increases 
your assurance and helps you to reach a higher 
level of being. If, on the other hand, your assump- 
tion be an unlovely one, it hinders you and makes 
your downward way swifter. Just as the lovely as- 
sumptions create a harmonious atmosphere, so the 
hard and bitter feelings create a hard and bitter 

Whatsoever things are pure, just, lovely, 
of good report, think on these things. 


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This means to make your assumptions the highest, 
noblest, happiest concepts. There is no better time 
to start than now. The present moment is always 
the most opportune in which to eliminate all un- 
lovely assumptions and to concentrate only on the 
good. As well as yourself, claim for others their 
Divine inheritance. See only their good and the 
good in them. Stir the highest in others to confi- 
dence and self-assertion by your sincere assumption 
of their good, and you will be their prophet and 
their healer, for an inevitable fulfillment awaits all 
sustained assumptions. 

You win by assumption what you can never win 
by force. An assumption is a certain motion of 
consciousness. This motion, like all motion, exer- 
cises an influence on the surrounding substance, 
causing it to take the shape of, echo, and reflect the 
assumption. A change of fortune is a new direction 
and outlook, merely a change in arrangement of 
the same mind substance — con5aow5ne55. 

If you would change your life, you must begin at 
the very source with your own basic concept of self . 
Outer change, becoming part of organizations, 
political bodies, religious bodies, is not enough. 
The cause goes deeper. The essential change must 
take place in yourself, in your own concept of self. 
You must assume that you are what you want to 
be and continue therein, for the reality of your 

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assumption has its being in complete independence 
of objective fact and will clothe itself in flesh if 
you persist in the feeling of the wish fulfilled. 
When you know that assumptions, if persisted in, 
harden into facts, then events which seem to the 
uninitiated mere accidents will be understood by 
you to be the logical and inevitable effects of your 


The important thing to bear in mind is that 
you have infinite free will in choosing your assump- 
tions, but no power to determine conditions and 
events. You can create nothing, but your assump- 
tion determines what portion of creation you will 
experience . 

Chapter Twenty-two 


And He said unto them, Which of you 
shall have a friend, and shall go unto him 
at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, 
lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine 
in his journey is come to me, and I have 
nothing to set before him? And he from 
within shall answer and say. Trouble me 
not; the door is now shut, and my children 
are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give 
thee. I say unto you. Though he will not 
rise and give him, because he is his friend, 
yet because of his importunity he will rise 
and give him as many as he needeth. And 
I say unto you. Ask, and it shall be given 
you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and 
it shall be opened unto you. 

Luke 11:5-9 


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T-^HERE ARE three principal characters in this 
X quotation; you and the two friends men- 
tioned. The first friend is a desired state of con- 
sciousness. The second friend is a desire seeking: 
fulfillment. Three is the symbol of wholeness, com- 
pletion. Loaves symbolize substance. The shut door 
symbolizes the senses which separate the seen from 
the unseen. Children in bed means ideas that are 
dormant. Inability to rise means a desired state of 
consciousness cannot rise to you, you must rise to 
It. Importunity means demanding persistency a 
kind of brazen impudence. Ask, seek, and knock 
mean assuming the consciousness of already having; 
what you desire. 

Thus the scriptures tell you that you must persist 
in rising to (assuming) the consciousness of your 
wish already being fulfilled. The promise is definite 
that if you are shameless in your impudence in 
assuming that you already have that which your 
senses deny, it shall be given unto yon- your desire 
shall be attained. 

The Bible teaches the necessity of persistence by 
the use of many stories. When Jacob sought a bless- 
ing from the Angel with whom he wrestled he said 

I will not let thee go, except thou bless 


When the Shunammite sought the help of Elishj 
she said. 



As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, 
I will not leave thee, and he arose and fol- 
lowed her. 

The same idea is expressed in another passage: 

And he spake a parable unto them that 
men ought always to pray, and not to 
faint; saying, There was in a city a judge, 
which feared not God, neither regarded 
man, and there was a widow in that city; 
and she came unto him, saying. Avenge 
me of mine adversary. And he would not 
for a while; but afterward he said with- 
in himself. Though I fear not God, nor 
regard man; yet because this widow 
troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest she 
weary me by her continual coming. 

Luke 18:1-5 

The basic truth underlying each of these stories is 
that desire springs from the awareness of ultimate 
attainment and that persistence in maintaining the 
consciousness of the desire already being fulfilled 
results in its fulfillment. 

It is not enough to feel yourself into the state of 
the answered prayer; you must persist in that state. 
That is the reason for the injunction 


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Man ought always to pray and not to 

Here, to pray means to give thanks for already 
having what you desire. Only persistency in the 
assumption of the wish fulfilled can cause those 
subtle changes in your mind which result in the 
desired change in your life. It matters not whether 
they be "Angels," "Elisha," or "reluctant judges"; 
all must respond in harmony with your persistent 
assumption. When it appears that people other 
than yourself in your world do not act toward you 
as you would like, it is not due to reluctance on 
their part but a lack oi persistence in your assump- 
tion of your life already being as you want it to 
be. Your assumption, to be effective, cannot be a 
single isolated act; it must be a maintained attitude 
of the wish fulfilled. [And that maintained atti- 
tude that gets you there, so that you think from 
your wish fulfilled instead of thinking about your 
wish, is aided by assuming the feeling of the wish 
fulfilled frequently. It is the frequency, not the 
length of time, that makes it natural. That to 
which you constantly return constitutes your truest 
self. Frequent occupancy of the feeling of the wish 
fulfilled is the secret of success.] 

Chapter Twenty-three 

IT WILL be extremely helpful at this point to cite 
a number of specific examples of the success- 
ful appUcation of this law. Actual case histories 
are given. In each of these, the problem is clearly 
defined and the way imagination was used to at- 
tain the required state of consciousness is fully 
described. In each of these instances, the author of 
this book was either personally concerned or was 
told the facts by the person involved. 

This is a story with every detail of which I am 
personally familiar. 

In the spring of 1943 a recently drafted soldier 
was stationed in a large army camp in Louisiana. 
He was intensely eager to get out of the army, but 
only in an entirely honorable way. 


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The only way he could do this was to apply for 
a discharge. The application then required the 
approval of his commanding officer to become 
effective. Based on army regulations, the decision 
of the commanding officer was final and could not 
be appealed. The soldier, following all the neces- 
sary procedure, applied for a discharge. Within 
four hours this application was returned — marked 
"disapproved." Convinced he could not appeal 
the decision to any higher authority, military or 
civilian, he turned within to his own consciousness, 
determined to rely on the law of assumption. 

The soldier realized that his consciousness was 
the only reality, that his particular state of con- 
sciousness determined the events he would en- 

That night, in the interval between getting into 
bed and falling asleep, he concentrated on con- 
sciously using the law of assumption. In imagina- 
tion he felt himself to be in his own apartment in 
New York City. He visualized his apartment, that 
is, in his mind's eye he actually saw his own apart- 
ment, mentally picturing each one of the familiar 
rooms with all the furnishings vividly real. 

With this picture clearly visualized, and lying flat 
on his back, he completely relaxed physically. In 
this way he induced a state bordering on sleep, at 
the same time retaining control of the direction of 

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his attention. When his body was completely im- 
mobilized, he assumed that he was in his own room 
and felt himself to be lying in his own bed- a very 
different feehng from that of lying on an army cot. 
In imagination he rose from the bed, walked from 
room to room touching various pieces of furniture. 
He then went to the window and with his hands 
resting on the sill looked out on the street on which 
his apartment faced. So vivid was all this in his 
imagination that he saw in detail the pavement, the 
railings, the trees and the familiar red brick of the 
building on the opposite side of the street. He then 
returned to his bed and felt himself drifting off to 
sleep. He knew that it was most important in the 
successful use of this law that at the actual point of 
falling asleep his consciousness be filled with the 
assumption that he was already what he wanted 
to be. All that he did in imagination was based 
on the assumption that he was no longer in the 
army. Night after night the soldier enacted this 
drama. Night after night in imagination he felt 
himself, honorably discharged, back in his home 
seeing all the familiar surroundings and fallmg 
asleep in his own bed. This continued for eight 
nights. For eight days his objective experience con- 
tinued to be directly opposite to his subjective 
experience in consciousness each night, before 
going to sleep. On the ninth day orders came 


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through from Battalion headquarters for the sol- 
dier to fill out a new application for his discharge. 
Shortly after this was done he was ordered to report 
to the Colonel's office. During the discussion the 
Colonel asked him if he was still desirous of getting 
out of the army. Upon receiving an affirmative 
reply, the Colonel said that he personally disagreed, 
and while he had strong objections to approving of 
the discharge, he had decided to overlook these 
objections and to approve it. Within a few hours 
the apphcation was approved and the soldier, now 
a civilian, was on a train bound for home. 

This is a striking story of an extremely successful 
businessman demonstrating the power of imagina- 
tion and the law of assumption. I know this family 
intimately, and all the details were told to me by 
the son described herein. 

The story begins when he was twenty years old. 
He was next to the oldest in a large family of nine 
brothers and one sister. The father was one of the 
partners in a small merchandising business. In his 
eighteenth year the brother referred to in this story 
left the country in which they lived and traveled 

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two thousand miles to enter college and complete 
his education. Shortly after his first year in college 
he was called home because of a tragic event in 
connection with his father's business. Through the 
machinations of his associates, the father was not 
only forced out of his business, but was the object 
of false accusations impugning his character and 
integrity. At the same time he was deprived of his 
rightful share in the equity of the business. The 
result was he found himself largely discredited and 
almost penniless. It was under these circumstances 
that the son was called home from college. 

He returned, his heart filled with one great reso- 
lution. He was determined that he would become 
outstandingly successful in business. The first thing 
he and his father did was to use the little money 
they had to start their own business. They rented 
a small store on a side street not far from the large 
business of which the father had been one of the 
principal owners. There they started a business 
bent upon real service to the community. It was 
shortly thereafter that the son, with instinctive 
awareness that it was bound to work, deliberately 
used imagination to attain an almost fantastic 

Every day on the way to and from work he passed 
the building of his father's former business — the 
biggest business of its kind in the country. It was 


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one of the largest buildings, with the most promi- 
nent location in the heart of the city. On the out- 
side of the building was a huge sign on which the 
name of the firm was painted in large bold letters. 
Day after day as he passed by, a great dream took 
shape in the son's mind. He thought of how won- 
derful it would be if it was his family that had this 
great building -his family that owned and oper- 
ated this great business. 

One day as he stood gazing at the building, in his 
imagination he saw a completely different name on 
the huge sign across the entrance. Now the large 
letters spelled out his family name (in these case his- 
tories actual names are not used; for the sake of 
clarity in this story we will use hypothetical names 
and assume that the son's family name was Lor- 
dard). Where the sign read F. N. Moth & Co., in 
imagination he actually saw the name, letter by let- 
ter,/ N. Lordard & Sons. He remained looking at 
the sign with his eyes wide open, imagining that it 
read J. N. Lordard & Sons. Twice a day, week after 
week, month after month for two years he saw his 
family name over the front of that building. He was 
convinced that if he felt strongly enough that a 
thing was true, it was bound to be the case, and 
by seeing in imagination his family name on the 
sign -which implied that they owned the business 
-he became convinced that one day they would 
own it. 

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During this period he told only one person what 
he was doing. He confided in his mother, who with 
loving concern tried to discourage him in order to 
protect him from what might be a great disap- 
pointment. Despite this, he persisted day after day. 
Two years later the large company failed and the 
coveted building was up for sale. On the day of the 
sale he seemed no nearer ownership than he had 
been two years before when he began to apply the 
law of assumption. During this period they had 
worked hard, and their customers had implicit con- 
fidence in them. However, they had not earned 
anything like the amount of money required for 
the purchase of the property. Nor did they have 
any source from which they could borrow the 
necessary capital. Making even more remote their 
chance of getting it was the fact that this was re- 
garded as the most desirable property in the city 
and a number of wealthy business people were pre- 
pared to buy it. On the actual day of the sale, to 
their complete surprise, a man, almost a total 
stranger, came into their shop and offered to buy 
the property for them. (Due to some unusual con- 
ditions involved in this transaction the son's family 
could not even make a bid for the property.) They 
thought the man was joking. However, this was not 
the case. The man explained that he had watched 
them for some time, admired their ability, believed 
in their integrity, and that supplying the capital for 


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them to go into business on a large scale was an 
extremely sound investment for him. That very day 
the property was theirs. What the son had persisted 
in seeing in his imagination was now a reahty. The 
hunch of the stranger was more than justified. 
Today this family owns not only the particular 
business referred to but owns many of the largest 
industries in the country in which they live. 

The son, seeing his family name over the en- 
trance of this great building, long before it was 
actually there, was using exactly the technique that 
produces results. By assuming the feeling that he 
already had what he desired— by making this a 
vivid reality in his imagination— by determined 
persistence, regardless of appearance or circum- 
stance—he inevitably caused his dream to become 
a reality. 

This is the story of a very unexpected result of an 
interview with a lady who came to consult me. 

One afternoon a young grandmother, a business- 
woman in New York, came to see me. She brought 
along her nine-year-old grandson, who was visiting 
her from his home in Pennsylvania. In response to 

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her questions, I explained the law of assumption, 
describing in detail the procedure to be followed 
in attaining an objective. The boy sat quietly, 
apparently absorbed in a small toy truck while I 
explained to the grandmother the method of 
assuming the state of consciousness that would be 
hers were her desire already fulfilled. I told her the 
story of the soldier in camp who each night fell 
asleep, imagining himself to be in his own bed in 
his own home. 

When the boy and his grandmother were leav- 
ing, he looked up at me with great excitement and 
said, "I know what I want and, now, I know how 
to get it." Surprised, I asked him what it was he 
wanted; he told me he had his heart set on a puppy. 
To this the grandmother vigorously protested, tell- 
ing the boy that it had been made clear repeatedly 
that he could not have a dog under any circum- 
stances . . . that his father and mother would not 
allow it, that the boy was too young to care for it 
properly, and furthermore the father had a deep 
dislike for dogs — he actually hated to have one 

All these were arguments the boy, passionately 
desirous of having a dog, refused to understand. 
"Now I know what to do," he said. "Every night just 
as I am going off to sleep I am going to pretend 
that I have a dog and we are going for a walk." 


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"No," said the grandmother, "that is not what Mr. 
Neville means. This was not meant for you. You 
cannot have a dog." 

Approximately six weeks later, the grandmother 
told me what was to her an astonishing story. The 
boy's desire to own a dog was so intense that he 
had absorbed all that I had told his grandmother 
of how to attain one's desire — and he believed 
implicitly that at last he knew how to get a dog. 

Putting this belief into practice, /or many nights 

the boy imagined a dog was lying in his bed beside 

him. In imagination he petted the dog actually 

feeling its fur. Things like playing with the dog and 

taking it for a walk filled his mind. 

Within a few weeks it happened. A newspaper in 
the city in which the boy lived organized a special 
program in connection with Kindness to Animals 
Week. All schoolchildren were requested to write 
an essay on "Why I Would Like to Own a Dog." 
After entries from all the schools were submitted 
and judged, the winner of the contest was an- 
nounced. The very same boy who weeks before in 
my apartment in New York had told me "Now I 
know how to get a dog" was the winner. In an 
elaborate ceremony, which was publicized with 
stories and pictures in the newspaper, the boy was 
awarded a beautiful collie puppy. 

In relating this story, the grandmother told me 
that if the boy had been given the money with 

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which to buy a dog, the parents would have refused 
to do so and would have used it to buy a bond for 
the boy or put it in the savings bank for him. Fur- 
thermore, if someone had made the boy a gift of a 
dog, they would have refused it or given it away. 
But the dramatic manner in which they boy got the 
dog, the way he won the city- wide contest, the 
stories and pictures in the newspaper, the pride of 
achievement and joy of the boy himself all com- 
bined to bring about a change of heart in the par- 
ents, and they found themselves doing that which 
they never conceived possible — they allowed him to 
keep the dog. 

All this the grandmother explained to me, and 
she concluded by saying that there was one par- 
ticular kind of dog on which the boy had set his 
heart. It was a collie. 

This was told by the aunt in the story to the 
entire audience at the conclusion of one of my 

During the question period following my lecture 
on the law of assumption, a lady who had attended 
many lectures and had had personal consultation 
with me on a number of occasions rose and asked 


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permission to tell a story illustrating how she had 
successfully used the law. 

She said that upon returning home from the lec- 
ture the week before, she had found her niece dis- 
tressed and terribly upset. The husband of the 
niece, who was an officer in the Army Air Force 
stationed in Atlantic City, had just been ordered, 
along with the rest of his unit, to active duty in 
Europe. She tearfully told her aunt that the reason 
she was upset was that she had been hoping her 
husband would be assigned to Florida as an In- 
structor. They both loved Florida and were anxious 
to be stationed there and not to be separated. Upon 
hearing this story, the aunt stated that there was 
only one thing to do and that was to apply immedi- 
ately the law of assumption. "Let's actualize it," she 
said. "If you were actually in Florida, what would 
you do? You would feel the warm breeze. You 
would smell the salt air. You would feel your toes 
sinking down into the sand. Well, let's do all that 
right now." 

They took off their shoes and turning out the 
lights, in imagination they felt themselves actually 
in Florida feeling the warm breeze, smelling the sea 
air, pushing their toes into the sand. 

Forty-eight hours later the husband received a 
change of orders. His new instructions were to 
report immediately to Florida as an Air Force In- 

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structor. Five days later his wife was on a train to 
join him. While the aunt, in order to help her niece 
to attain her desire, joined in with the niece in 
assuming the state of consciousness required, she 
did not go to Florida. That was not her desire. On 
the other hand, that was the intense longing of 
the niece. 

This case is especially interesting because of the 
short interval of time between the application of 
this law of assumption and its visible manifestation. 

A very prominent woman came to me in deep 
concern. She maintained a lovely city apartment 
and a large country home; but because the many 
demands made upon her were greater than her 
modest income, it was absolutely essential that she 
rent her apartment if she and her family were to 
spend the summer at their country home. 

In previous years the apartment had been rented 
without difficulty early in the spring, but the day 
she came to me the rental season for summer sub- 
lets was over. The apartment had been in the hands 
of the best real estate agents for months, but no one 
had been interested even in coming to see it. 


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When she had described her predicament I 
explained how the law of assumption could be 
brought to bear on solving her problem. I suggested 
that by imagining the apartment had been rented 
by a person desiring immediate occupancy and by 
assuming that this was the case, her apartment 
actually would be rented. In order to create the 
necessary feeling of naturalness - the feeling that it 
was already a fact that her apartment was rented 
~ I suggested that she drift off into sleep that very 
night, imagining herself, not in her apartment, but 
in whatever place she would sleep were the apart- 
ment suddenly rented. She quickly grasped the idea 
and said that in such a situation she would sleep 
in her country home even though it was not yet 
opened for the summer. 

This interview took place on Thursday. At nine 
o'clock the following Saturday morning she phoned 
me from her home in the country — excited and 
happy. She told me that on Thursday night she had 
fallen asleep actually imagining and feeling that 
she was sleeping in her other bed in her country 
home many miles away from the city apartment 
she was occupying. On Friday, the very next day, 
a highly desirable tenant, one who met all her re- 
quirements as a responsible person, not only rented 
the apartment, but rented it on the condition that 
he could move in that very day. 

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Only the most complete and intense use of the 
law of assumption could have produced such results 
in this extreme situation. 

Four years ago a friend of our family asked that 
I talk with his twenty-eight-year-old son who was 
not expected to live. 

He was suffering from a rare heart disease. This 
disease resulted in a disintegration of the organ. 
Long and costly medical care had been of no avail. 
Doctors held out no hope for recovery. For a long 
time the son had been confined to his bed. His body 
had shrunk to almost a skeleton, and he could talk 
and breathe only with great difficulty. His wife and 
two small children were home when I called, and 
his wife was present throughout our discussion. 

I started by telling him that there was only one 
solution to any problem, and that solution was a 
change of attitude. Since talking exhausted him, 
I asked him to nod in agreement if he under- 
stood clearly what I said. This he agreed to do. 
I described the facts underlying the law of con- 
sciousness — in fact that consciousness was the only 
reality. I told him that the way to change any con- 
dition was to change his state of consciousness 
concerning it. As a specific aid in helping him to 


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assume the feeling of already being well, I sug- 
gested that in imagination, he see the doctor's face 
expressing incredulous amazement in finding him 
recovered, contrary to all reason, from the last 
stages of an incurable disease, that he see him dou- 
ble checking in his examination and hear him say- 
ing over and over, "It's a miracle—it's a miracle. " 
He not only understood all this clearly, but he 
believed it implicitly. He promised that he would 
faithfully follow this procedure. His wife, who had 
been listening intently, assured me that she, too, 
would diligently use the law of assumption and her 
imagination in the same way as her husband. The 
following day I sailed for New York — all this tak- 
ing place during a winter vacation in the tropics. 
Several months later I received a letter saying the 
son had made a miraculous recovery. On my next 
visit I met him in person. He was in perfect health, 
actively engaged in business and thoroughly enjoy- 
ing the many social activities of his friends and 

He told me that from the day I left he never had 
any doubt that "it" would work. He described how 
he had faithfully followed the suggestion I had 
made to him and day after day had lived com- 
pletely in the assumption of already being well and 

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Now, four years after his recovery, he is con- 
vinced that the only reason he is here today is due 
to his successful use of the law of assumption. 

This story illustrates the successful use of the law 
by a New York business executive. 

In the fall of 1950 an executive of one of New 
York's prominent banks discussed with me a seri- 
ous problem with which he was confronted. He told 
me that the outlook for his personal progress and 
advancement was very dim. Having reached mid- 
dle age and feeling that a marked improvement in 
position and income was justified, he had "talked 
it out" with his superiors. They frankly told him 
that any major improvement was impossible and 
intimated that if he was dissatisfied, he could seek 
another job. This, of course, only increased his 
uneasiness. In our talk he explained that he had no 
great desire for really big money but that he had to 
have a substantial income in order to maintain his 
home comfortably and to provide for the education 
of his children in good preparatory schools and 
colleges. This he found impossible on his present 


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income. The refusal of the bank to assure him of 
any advancement in the near future resulted in a 
feeling of discontent and an intense desire to secure 
a better position with considerably more money. He 
confided in me that the kind of job he would like 
better than anything in the world was one in which 
he managed the investment funds of a large insti- 
tution such as a foundation or great university. 

In explaining the law of assumption, I stated 
that his present situation was only a manifestation 
of his concept of himself and declared that if he 
wanted to change the circumstances in which he 
found himself, he could do so by changing his con- 
cept of himself. In order to bring about this change 
of consciousness, and thereby a change in his situ- 
ation, I asked him to follow this procedure every 
night just before he fell asleep: In imagination he 
was to feel he was retiring at the end of one of the 
most important and successful days of his life. He 
was to imagine that he had actually closed a deal 
that very day to join the kind of organization he 
yearned to be with and in exactly the capacity he 
wanted. I suggested to him that if he succeeded in 
completely filling his mind with this feeling, he 
would experience a definite sense of relief. In this 
mood his uneasiness and discontent would be a 
thing of the past. He would feel the contentment 
that comes with the fulfillment of desire. I wound 

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up by assuring him that if he did this faithfully, he 
would inevitably get the kind of position he wanted. 

This was the first week of December. Night after 
night without exception he followed this procedure. 
Early in February a director of one of the wealthi- 
est foundations in the world asked this executive if 
he would be interested in joining the foundation in 
an executive capacity handling investments. After 
some brief discussion he accepted. 

Today, at a substantially higher income and with 
the assurance of steady progress, this man is in a 
position far exceeding all that he had hoped for. 


The man and wife in this story have attended 
my lectures for a number of years. It is an interest- 
ing illustration of the conscious use of this law 
by two people concentrating on the same objective 
at one time. 

This man and wife were an exceptionally de- 
voted couple. Their life was completely happy and 
entirely free from any problems or frustrations. 

For some time they had planned to move into a 
larger apartment. The more they thought about it, 
the more they realized that what they had their 


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hearts set on was a beautiful penthouse. In dis- 
cussing it together, the husband explained that he 
wanted one with a huge window looking out on a 
magnificent view. The wife said she would like to 
have one side of the walls mirrored from top to bot- 
tom. They both wanted to have a wood-burning 
fireplace. It was a "must" that the apartment be in 
New York City. 

For months they had searched for just such an 
apartment in vain. In fact, the situation in the 
city was such that the securing of any kind of apart- 
ment was almost an impossibility. They were so 
scarce that not only were there waiting lists for 
them, but all sorts of special deals including pre- 
miums, the buying of furniture, etc., were in- 
volved. New apartments were being leased long 
before they were completed, many being rented 
from the blueprints of the building. 

Early in the spring after months of fruitless seek- 
ing, they finally located one which they seriously 
considered. It was a penthouse apartment in a 
building just being completed on upper Fifth Ave- 
nue facing Central Park. It had one serious draw- 
back. Being a new building, it was not subject to 
rent control, and the couple felt the yearly rental 
was exorbitant. In fact, it was several thousand dol- 
lars a year more than they had considered paying. 
During the spring months of March and April they 

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continued looking at various penthouses through- 
out the city but they always came back to this one. 
Finally they decided to increase the amount they 
would pay substantially and made a proposition 
which the agent for the building agreed to forward 
to the owners for consideration. 

It was at this point, without discussing it with 
each other, each determined to apply the law of 
assumption. It was not until later that each learned 
what the other had done. Night after night, they 
both fell asleep in imagination in the apartment 
they were considering. The husband, lying with his 
eyes closed, would imagine that his bedroom win- 
dows were overlooking the park. He would imagine 
going to the window the first thing in the morning 
and enjoying the view. He felt himself sitting on 
the terrace overlooking the park, having cocktails 
with his wife and friends, all thoroughly enjoy- 
ing it. He filled his mind with actually feeling him- 
self in the penthouse and on the terrace. During all 
this time, unknown to him, his wife was doing the 
same thing. 

Several weeks went by without any decision on 
the part of the owners, but they continued to 
imagine as they fell asleep each night that they 
were actually sleeping in the penthouse. 

One day, to their complete surprise, one of the 
employees in the apartment building in which they 


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lived told them that the penthouse there was 
vacant. They were astonished because theirs was 
one of the most desirable buildings in the city with 
a perfect location right on Central Park. They 
knew there was a long waiting list of people trying 
to get an apartment in their building. The fact that 
a penthouse had unexpectedly become available 
was kept quiet by the management because they 
were not in a position to consider any applicants for 
it. Upon learning that it was vacant, this couple 
immediately made a request that it be rented to 
them, only to be told that this was impossible. The 
fact was that not only were there several people on 
a waiting list for a penthouse in the building but it 
was actually promised to one family. Despite this 
the couple had a series of meetings with the man- 
agement, at the conclusion of which the apartment 
was theirs. 

The building being subject to rent control, their 
rental was just about what they had planned to pay 
when they first started looking for a penthouse. The 
location, the apartment itself, and the large terrace 
surrounding it on the South, West, and North was 
beyond all their expectations — and in the living 
room on one side is a giant window 15 feet by 8 feet 
with a magnificent view of Central Park; one wall 
is mirrored from floor to ceiling, and there is a 
wood- burning fireplace . 

Chapter Twenty-four 

THIS BOOK would not be complete without some 
discussion oi failure in the attempted use of 
the law of assumption. It is entirely possible that 
you either have had or will have a number of 
failures in this respect -many of them in really 
important matters. If, having read this book, hav- 
ing a thorough knowledge of the application and 
working of the law of assumption, you faithfully 
apply it in an effort to attain some intense desire 
and fail, what is the reason? If to the question "Did 
you persist enough?" you can answer Yes- and still 
the attainment of your desire was not realized, what 
is the reason for failure? 

The answer to this is the most important factor 
in the successful use of the law of assumption. The 
time it takes your assumption to become fact, your 
desire to be fulfilled, is directly proportionate to the 
naturalness of your feeling of already being what you 
want to be - of already having what you desire. 
The fact that it does not feel natural to you to 


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be what you imagine yourself to be is the secret of 
your failure. Regardless of your desire, regardless 
of how faithfully and intelligently you follow the 
law, if you do not feel natural about what you 
want to be, you will not be it. If it does not feel 
natural to you to get a better job, you will not 
get a better job. The whole principle is vividly ex- 
pressed by the Bible phrase "you die in your sins" 
— you do not transcend from your present level to 
the state desired. 

How can this feeling of naturalness be achieved.? 
The secret lies in one v^ord — imagination. For 
example, this is a very simple illustration: Assume 
that you are securely chained to a large heavy iron 
bench. You could not possibly run, in fact you 
could not even walk. In these circumstances it 
would not be natural for you to run. You could not 
even/eeZ that it was natural for you to run. But you 
could easily imagine yourself running. In that in- 
stant, while your consciousness is filled with your 
imagined running, you have forgotten that you are 
bound. In imagination your running was com- 
pletely natural. 

The essential feeling of naturalness can be 
achieved hy persistently filling your consciousness 
with 2magma^?on- imagining yourself being what 
you want to be or having what you desire. 

Progress can spring only from your imagination, 
from your desire to transcend your present level. 



What you truly and literally must feel is that with 
your imagination, all things are possible. You must 
realize that changes are not caused by caprice, 
but by a change of consciousness. You may fail to 
achieve or sustain the particular state of conscious- 
ness necessary to produce the effect you desire. 
But, once you know that consciousness is the only 
reality and is the sole creator of your particular 
world and have burnt this truth into your whole 
being, then you know that success or failure is 
entirely in your own hands. Whether or not you are 
disciplined enough to sustain the required state of 
consciousness in specific instances has no bearing 
on the truth of the law itself— that an assumption, 
if persisted in, will harden into fact. The certainty 
of the truth of this law must remain despite great 
disappointment and tragedy — even when you "see 
the light of life go out and all the world go on as 
though it were still day." You must not believe that 
because your assumption failed to materialize, the 
truth that assumptions do materialize is a lie. If 
your assumptions are not fulfilled, it is because 
of some error or weakness in your consciousness. 
However, these errors and weaknesses can be over- 
come. Therefore, press on to the attainment of ever 
higher levels by feeling that you already are the per- 
son you want to be. And remember that the time 
it takes your assumption to become reality is pro- 
portionate to the naturalness of being it. 


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Man surrounds himself with the true 
image of himself. Every spirit builds itself 
a house and beyond its house a world, and 
beyond its world a heaven. Know then 
that the world exists for you. For you the 
phenomenon is perfect. What we are, that 
only can we see. All that Adam had, all 
that Caesar could, you have and can do. 
Adam called his house, heaven and earth. 
Caesar called his house, Rome; you per- 
haps call yours a cobbler's trade; a hun- 
dred acres of land, or a scholar's garret. 
Yet hne for line and point for point, your 
dominion is as great as theirs, though 
without fine name. Build therefore your 
own world. As fast as you conform your 
life to the pure idea in your mind, that 
will unfold its great proportion. 


Chapter Twenty-five 


A miracle is the name given, by those who 
have no faith, to the works of faith. 

Faith is the substance of things hoped 
for, the evidence of things not seen. 

Heb. 11:1 

THE VERY reason for the law of assumption is 
contained in this quotation. If there were not 
a deep-seated awareness that that which you hope 
for had substance and was possible of attainment, 
it would be impossible to assume the consciousness 
of being or having it. It is the fact that creation 
is finished and everything exists that stirs you to 
hope — and hope, in turn, implies expectation, and 
without expectation of success it would be impos- 
sible to use consciously the law of assumption. "Evi- 


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dence" is a sign of actuality. Thus, this quotation 
means that faith is the awareness of the reality of 
that which you assume, [a conviction of the reality 
of things which you do not see, the mental percep- 
tion of the reality of the invisible]. Consequently, 
it is obvious that a lack of faith means disbelief in 
the existence of that which you desire. Inasmuch as 
that which you experience is the faithful reproduc- 
tion of your state of consciousness, lack of faith will 
mean perpetual failure in any conscious use of the 
law of assumption. 

In all the ages of history, faith has played a 
major role. It permeates all the great religions of 
the world, it is woven all through mythology, and 
yet today it is almost universally misunderstood. 

Contrary to popular opinion, the efficacy of 
faith is not due to the work of any outside agency. 
It is from first to last an activity of your own con- 

The Bible is full of many statements about faith, 
of the true meaning of which few are aware. Here 
are some typical examples: 

Unto us was the gospel preached, as well 
as unto them: but the word preached did 
not profit them, not being mixed with 
faith in them that heard it. 

Heb. 4:2 



In this quotation the "us" and "them" make clear 
that all of us hear the gospel. "Gospel" means good 
news. Very obviously good news for you would be 
that you had attained your desire. This is always 
being "preached" to you by your infinite self. To 
hear that which you desire does exist and you need 
only to accept it in consciousness is good news. Not 
"mixing with faith" means to deny the reality of 
that which you desire. Hence there is no "profit" 
(attainment) possible. 

O faithless and perverse generation, how 
long shall I be with you? 

Matt. 17:17 

The meaning of "faithless" has been made clear. 
"Perverse" means turned the wrong way, in other 
words, the consciousness of not being what you 
want to be. To be faithless, that is, to disbelieve in 
the reality of that which you assume, is to be per- 
verse. "How long shall I be with you" means that 
the fulfillment of your desire is predicated upon 
your change to the right state of consciousness. It 
is just as though that which you desire is telling you 
that it will not be yours until you turn from being 
faithless and perverse to righteousness. As already \ 
stated, righteousness is the consciousness of already 
being what you want to be. 

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By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing 
the wrath of the king: for he endured, as 
seeing him who is invisible. 

Heb. 11:27 

"Egypt" means darkness, belief in many gods 
(causes). The "king" symbolizes the power of out- 
side conditions or circumstances. "He" is your con- 
cept of yourself as already being what you want 
to be. "Enduring as seeing him who is invisible" 
means persisting in the assumption that your desire 
is already fulfilled. Thus this quotation means that 
by persisting in the assumption that you already are 
the person you want to be, you rise above all doubt, 
fear, and belief in the power of outside conditions 
or circumstances; and your world inevitably con- 
forms to your assumption. 

The dictionary definitions of faith: 

"the ascent of the mind or understanding 
to the truth" — "unwavering adherence to 

are so pertinent that they might well have been 
written with the law of assumption in mind. 
Faith does not question ~ Faith knows. 

Chapter Twenty-six 


YOUR DESTINY is that which you must inevitably 
experience. Really it is an infinite number of 
individual destinies, each of which when attained 
is the starting place for a new destiny. 

Since life is infinite, the concept of an ultimate 
destiny is inconceivable. When we understand that 
consciousness is the only reality, we know that it is 
the only creator. This means that your conscious- 
ness is the creator of your destiny. The fact is, you 
are creating your destiny every moment, whether 
you know it or not. Much that is good and even 
wonderful has come into your life without your 
having any inkling that you were the creator of it. 

However, the understanding of the causes of 
your experience, and the knowledge that you are 
the sole creator of the contents of your life, both 
good and bad, not only make you a much keener 
observer of all phenomena, but through the aware- 
ness of the power of your own consciousness, inten- 


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sify your appreciation of the richness and grandeur 
of life. 

Regardless of occasional experiences to the con- 
trary, it is your destiny to rise to higher and higher 
states of consciousness, and to bring into manifesta- 
tion more and more of creation's infinite wonders. 
Actually, you are destined to reach the point where 
you realize that through your own desire you can 
consciously create your successive destinies. 

The study of this book, with its detailed exposi- 
tion of consciousness and the operation of the law 
of assumption, is the master key to the conscious 
attainment of your highest destiny. 

This very day start your new life. Approach every 
experience in a new frame of mind — with a new 
state of consciousness. Assume the noblest and 
the best for yourself in every respect and continue 

Make believe — great wonders are possible. 

Chapter Twenty-seven 


Never wouldst Thou have made anything 
if Thou hadst not loved it. 

Wisdom 11:24 

IN ALL creation, in all eternity, in all the realms 
of your infinite being the most wonderful fact is 
that which is stressed in the first chapter of this 
book. You are God. You are the "I am that I am." 
You are consciousness. You are the creator. This is 
the mystery, this is the great secret known by the 
seers, prophets, and mystics throughout the ages. 
This is the truth that you can never know intellec- 
tually. Who is this you? That it is you, John Jones 
or Mary Smith, is absurd. It is the consciousness 
which knows that you are John Jones or Mary 
Smith. It is your greater self, your deeper self, your 
infinite being. Call it what you will. The important 
thing is that it is within you, it is you, it is your 


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world. It is this fact that underhes the immutable 
law of assumption. It is upon this fact that your 
very existence is built. It is this fact that is the foun- 
dation of every chapter of this book. No, you can- 
not know this intellectually, you cannot debate it, 
you cannot substantiate it. You can only feel it. 
You can only be aware of it. 

Becoming aware of it, one gpreat emotion per- 
meates your being. You live with a perpetual feel- 
ing of reverence. The knowledge that your creator 
is the very self of yourself and never would have 
made you had he not loved you must fill your heart 
with devotion, yes, with adoration. One knowing 
glimpse of the world about you at any single instant 
of time is sufficient to fill you with profound awe 
and a feeling of worship. 

It is when your feeling of reverence is most in- 
tense that you are closest to God, and when you are 
closest to God, your life is richest. 

Our deepest feelings are precisely those we 
are least able to express, and even in the 
act of adoration, silence is our highest